Klamath Falls, Ore. – The ‘Blue Zones Project’ has kicked off in Klamath Falls, with a goal of helping people live longer, happier, healthier lives.
NBC5 spoke with the Blue Zones founder about what steps you can take to achieve those goals.
You don’t have to live in Klamath Falls to make your home, or your neighborhood a ‘Blue Zone’.
Project founder Dan Buettner offers a few tips:
“Number one, owning a dog. We know that people who own a dog get some exercise every day because they’re walking the dog.”
Buettner says that having healthy friends can also give you an inside edge…
“If your 3 best friends are obese and unhealthy, there’s about a 150% chance that you’ll be overweight.”
And third, focus on a plant-based diet.
“90 to 95 percent of what you eat should be plants, grains, and beans.” Notes Buettner. “Beans is the cornerstone of every longevity diet in the world.”
You can find out more at: www.bluezonesproject.com
In a nutshell, ‘Blue Zones’ are communities known for their longevity.
The Project identifies common habits from those communities, and works to implement them in other areas.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.